Happy Boulders Climbing Area

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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Happy Boulders Climbing Area


  • The trail from the Happy Boulders parking area.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Trail into Happy Boulders looking back over the Owens River Valley.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • First Boulder.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Routes are endless in the Happy Boulders Climbing Area.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • More Water Less Power Boulder.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Heavenly Path Boulder.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Savannah Boulder.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Trails are lined to help prevent erosion.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Shaded routes provide relief.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • Vault toilet in the parking lot.- Happy Boulders Climbing Area
  • - Happy Boulders Climbing Area
Overview + Weather
Owens River and Pleasant Valley nearby. Great tuff bouldering.
No amenities.
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The Happy Boulders are nestled in a small canyon above the Owens River Valley. This is a world-class volcanic bouldering area with hundreds of routes. The wind-protected canyon is a great place to escape the colder winter weather at the nearby exposed Buttermilks, below the Eastern Sierra. The volcanic Bishop tuff rock appears to be chossy, though it proves to be very sturdy. There are crimpy faces, loads of finger pockets, juggy overhangs, low traverses, cracks of all ranges, and more. From steep highballs to pumpy beginner grade climbs, Happy Boulders provides routes for everyone.

The nearby Owens River provides climbers with a place to cool off during the hot summer months or to get some fly fishing in between climbs. Camping is available at nearby Pleasant Valley Campground or the BLM Pleasant Valley Pit Campground that is popular among climbers. The Happy Boulders tend to be fairly quiet, giving climbers a lot of room to spread out and work several of the hundreds of routes here. No matter what you are looking for in a bouldering route, Happy Boulders has something for you, and you will surely be back for more.

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